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56kms - 4 days
Beautiful in any season
The Hollyford Track is the only major track in Fiordland that can be walked in any season. It's a 56 kilometre adventure that takes four days.
Beginning at the end of Lower Hollyford Road, the track follows the Hollyford River on its journey to the sea. The diversity of vegetation and wildlife along the valley is truly unparalleled.
Mountains, lakes and waterfalls
The sheer rock walls of the Darran Mountains accompany you for much of the way, gradually blending into lower hills around two beautiful lakes - Alabaster and McKerrow. On the way you will see Fiordland's two highest peaks, Mount Tutoko (2746 metres) and Mount Madeline (2537 metres), as well as the roaring cascade of Hidden Falls which emerges from a hanging valley through a narrow chasm of granite.
History and wildlife
Before the track's end at the old port of Martins Bay, you'll discover what's left of Jamestown (ancient rose bushes and apple trees) - a settlement that was established in 1870 and abandoned about 15 years later. At the coast, make a point of looking for fur seals and penguins, which are present at certain times of the year.
Book a walk with a tour provider
A specialist tour operator can help bring your walking experience to life. Whether you are looking for a guided tour or accommodation along the track you can find the walking experience that is right for you.
- Hollyford Track guided walk
- Hollyford Track one-day heli-hike
- Other Fiordland Walking & Hiking businesses
- Accommodation in Fiordland
If you would like to walk the Hollyford track independently, you will need to organise your own gear, including safety and cooking equipment, arrange your transport to the track, and pre-purchase your accommodation tickets.
Backcountry Hut tickets for accommodation can be purchased from any Department of Conservation office. Prices are approximately $15 per person per night to stay in a hut and $5 per person per night to camp. Accommodation does not need to be booked in advance.
There is no fee for walking the Hollyford Track.